Fishery manager Terry Gallagher reported on fishing at Costello for the month of June.

Early indications for the 2015 season were promising as large number of smolts were spotted in the river during April and May. We also had good water levels to greet the arrival of the first grilse in late May/ early June. The river produced some very respectable catches throughout the month despite the fact that we saw no rain between the end of May and 27th June. All told there were 20 salmon and 9 sea trout caught with no sign of things slowing down at the time of writing. The river provided all but 2 of the fish landed and all were bars of silver. The butt of Fermoyle Lough offered up the other fish. The Black Shrimp was the star fly of the month accounting for 11 of the 20 salmon landed. When compared to June 2014 (8 salmon, 4 sea trout), we have every reason to be pleased with the season so far and are looking forward to the lakes coming into play shortly also.

Highlights for the month include:

Geoffrey Fitzjohn got proceedings off to a fine start with 3 grilse of 4lbs each all from Beat 1, quickly followed by Paraic McDonagh with fish of 8lbs and 6lbs, also from Beat 1. Peter McDonagh responded a couple of days later with a cracking salmon of 9lbs. Regular visitor Sean Kelly was very pleased with the 5lbs and 3lbs 8oz grilse he landed during an evening on Beat 1. Paraic McDonagh ventured up onto Beats 3 and 4 and was rewarded for his efforts with a 4lbs bar of silver taken on a Silver Stoat.

Despite the low water conditions in the second half of the month the Casla proved yet again that it is a system that can offer up fish during prolonged periods of dry weather, as Micheal Dillon discovered when he landed his grilse of 4lbs. Michael returned later in the month, during even lower water conditions and teased out 4 cracking sea trout from Beat 1. Martin Griffin opted for a Cascade Shrimp when he landed his 5lbs grilse after losing a fish earlier in the day. Newcomer to Casla, Udo Nitschke was delighted with his 5lbs 4oz fish. Another first time visitor, Hugh McGuire was disappointed to hook and lose a salmon but rallied, taking a grilse from the Cabbage Pool. Brother, Richard McGuire, was certainly pleased with the “pristine” sea trout he landed on the same day.

It’s always nice to end on a high note and thanks to another new visitor to Casla, Diarmaid Fleming, we did just that. Diarmaid landed a splendid fresh 3lbs sea trout on Beat 1 at dusk on the last day of the month.


To book fishing contact Terry at [email protected] or on 087 2399988.